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From the monthly archives: May 2021

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise 1.3% in April, Says ABC

Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:53 AM

WASHINGTON, May 13—Construction input prices increased 1.3% in April compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 1.6% for the month.

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ABC to the White House: Do Not Exclude 87% of America’s Construction Industry From Your Infrastructure Plan

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11—Today, Associated Builders and Contractors and more than 900 member companies and chapters from 47 states sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and recommendations to improve it, streamlining the permitting process and supporting bipartisan workforce development efforts. The letter also voiced strong opposition to the Protect the Right to Organize Act.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Up in April; Contractor Optimism Slips

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 11— Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in April, according to an ABC member survey conducted April 20-May 5, 0.1 months higher than in March 2021 and April 2020.

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Construction Employment Unchanged in April, Says ABC

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:17 AM

WASHINGTON, May 7—Construction industry employment remained unchanged in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last year, the industry has added 917,000 jobs, recovering 82.4% of the jobs lost during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ABC Slams DOL Withdrawal of Independent Contractor Rule

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON, May 5—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement that it will withdraw the independent contractor rule.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases 1.1% in March, Says ABC

Monday, May 3, 2021 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 1.1% in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $778.5 billion for the month.

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